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1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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About Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena has produced wine in the Napa Valley for over 100 years. But only since 1972, when the Barret family took over management, has quality taken off. Overseeing the production of roughly 36,000 cases annually, winemaker Bo Barret produces classic, austere Cabernet Sauvignons as well as Zinfandels and Chardonnays.

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1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Producer: Chateau Montelena
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 1998

Very youthful, saturated ruby-red color. Penetrating, powerful aromas of roasted plum, cassis, tobacco, earth, truffle, tar and meat, plus a floral topnote. Thick and sweet but sharply delineated, with impressive extract and very strong underlying structure. This is approachable now due to its balance and sheer sweetness of fruit but will go on for another decade or more. Finishing flavors build slowly and linger. Ripe, chewy tannins coat the entire palate. Perhaps better as a meal substitute than as an accompaniment to food.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Spectacular stuff
by Hunter11876834
STILL Very youthful at 22 years into its life and just as saturated and ruby red, possibly, as when Tanzser peered at this as an infant in '98. The aroma is certainly penetrating and fill the head just before filling the mouth. The fruit truely is roasted if not scortched and cassis, truffle are spiced with a pinch of earthy tobacco. This wine matches wonderfully with beef such a grilled rare steak. The wine is light on it's feet, not thick. The tannins present provide a strong chewy backbone to the wine and tell me that this wine will last another decade. It's not quite at it's peak, maybe 3 to 5 years off, but spectacular now. I'm calling it at 96-97 points on my scale. Really impressive.
by rkwiner
Had this one last night, tremendous.
87 Montelena-Highly recommend it
by Z 1er Cru
Tasting this Montelena in it's prime is a great treat...this smooth, rich Cab will last another 20 years.


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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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